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Thorne Bay Alaskan Adventure!
Thorne Bay Alaskan Adventure!
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 8/5/2019
The sounds of excited angler’s voices cut through the general din of the Ketchikan airport “your first time here?” “The fishing was great last year” “I think our float plane is coming in.” On the walls, pictures of salmon and a large “Welcome to Ketchikan, Alaska” verified that my dream trip was underway. Since moving to Washington over the years I had heard tales from fellow anglers who had gotte...
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Columbia River Bass and Walleye Techniques
Columbia River Bass and Walleye Techniques
Author: Rob Phillips
Posted: 8/5/2019
With the Columbia River pretty much closed to steelhead fishing, and with the fall salmon runs just starting to migrate upriver, many Eastern Washington anglers are looking for other species to target to help keep them out on the water. Luckily there are some other options, and some pretty good ones to boot. The Columbia River is packed full of walleye and bass, and both have been giving angle...
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Why we need Pink salmon
Why we need Pink salmon
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 8/5/2019
Salmon angler’s in the Pacific Northwest know 2019 as a “Humpy Year” and this year’s return of the feisty small salmon has been estimated to be around 600,000 fish. A very concerning number especially since just four years ago the run was 6.8 million. Besides the concerns over dwindling numbers the Pink salmon are a special fish for the Pacific Northwest. The odd year fish brings out anglers new ...
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Tackle Tips for Summer Trips: Part II
Tackle Tips for Summer Trips: Part II
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 8/5/2019
In last month's article, we discussed the pros and cons of many saltwater reel options. Now we turn our focus to the other half of the equation: the rod. Whether you're an experienced saltwater angler or just looking to get started, everyone needs a reliable rod. A good pole starts to feel like a best friend after a while, always there in a pinch. Some anglers prefer to use the lightest tackle the...
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Fishing for Suspended Walleye
Fishing for Suspended Walleye
Author: Mike Carey
Posted: 7/7/2019
Here in the Pacific Northwest walleye are a popular species to target. Appreciated for their fine table fare, in recent years walleye populations have held steady despite increasing angler enthusiasm. With that in mind, NWFR’s Rob Holman and I were excited to be contacted by Keith Eshbaugh of Dutch Fork Custom Lures to come visit him in Erie, Pennsylvania and learn another technique to catch walle...
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Kokanee Restoration in Lake Sammamish
Kokanee Restoration in Lake Sammamish
Author: David Kyle
Posted: 7/7/2019
What is a kokanee? Before I cover this question, I should introduce myself. My name is David Kyle and I am a Project Manager for Trout Unlimited focused on Lake Sammamish Kokanee restoration. In my job I work on stream habitat reconnection/restoration, education and outreach, and supplementation and research. I have a background in fisheries working at a chinook/steelhead hatchery after high...
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Tackle Tips for Summer Trips
Tackle Tips for Summer Trips
Author: Hannah Pennebaker
Posted: 7/7/2019
With the plethora of rods and reels out there, it's easy for even a seasoned fisherman to get overwhelmed. The avid saltwater fisherman expects a lot from his or her reel. It has to hold up to the occasional splash of corrosive saltwater, the pull of large fish, and dings and dents from rocks. Fortunately, the vast variety of options means you can pick up a reel that is just right for you. Wha...
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The Salmon Highway
The Salmon Highway
Author: Jason Brooks
Posted: 7/7/2019
Most northern Pacific Salmon leave their natal waters once they get to the smolt stage of their lives and head out to the open Pacific Ocean. As they grow the fish head north to the nutrient rich waters of Alaska and British Columbia. Along the way the protected “inside passage” becomes home to the feeding Chinook and Coho, Sockeye and Pink as well as the Chum salmon. Feasting on herring, anchovie...
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Choosing the Right Fishing Sunglasses
Choosing the Right Fishing Sunglasses
Author: Tyler Brinks for Fix.com
Posted: 7/7/2019
Sunglasses are one of the most important and often overlooked tools for fishing. They protect your eyes from the sun and also help keep your eyes safe from objects. Beyond that, they allow you to see what is below the water. There are many great brands on the market, and finding frames that fit your style and face is one of your first decisions. Once you have found the right frames, choosing the c...
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Chasing Summer Smallies
Chasing Summer Smallies
Author: Rick Lawrence
Posted: 7/7/2019
Most of the rivers and larger creeks in the Inland N.W. have some excellent smallmouth bass populations. Rivers like the Spokane, Snake, Columbia, and Pend Oreille all have some fabulous Smallie fishing, Chances are there's some good summertime smallmouth bass fishing in a flowing body of water near you. Here are some ways of catching those bronze backs during the summer and early fall. The ma...
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Paddle Safe Week
Paddle Safe Week
Author: Washington State Parks Boating Program
Posted: 7/7/2019
Focuses on safety for paddlers during Paddle Safe Week Paddle Safe Week is July 21 to 27 Olympia – July [date], 2019 – Last month, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a proclamation declaring July 21 to July 27 as Paddle Safe Week. NWFR joins the Washington State Parks Boating Program in promoting this public safety campaign focused on increasing safety awareness among people who kayak, canoe and stand u...
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Yakima River Smallmouth Bass
Yakima River Smallmouth Bass
Author: Rob Phillips
Posted: 6/2/2019
While the king salmon is the icon of the Pacific Northwest, some anglers are not as enthralled with catching the big fish as others. In fact, some anglers would just as soon catch any variety of other types of fish, rather than spending the amount of time and money that it often times takes to catch a salmon. This spring, with the Columbia River chinook salmon runs being far below predicted ...
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